Spiti is a high altitude desert region, similar to Ladakh, in northern India. Kinnaur is south of Spiti, monsoonal and greener. Both have sensitive border areas with Tibet, to the east. The Sutlej river originates in Tibet near Mount Kailash and runs violently from east to west through Kinnaur, parallel to the old Hindustan-Tibet highway. The Spiti river runs roughly north to south down the Spiti valley and into the Sutlej. 

Spiti has a Tibetan Buddhist culture and the old monasteries (around 1000 years old) have much in common with the old monasteries, now destroyed, that existed in the old west Tibetan kingdom of Gu-ge.  
Kinnaur is Hindu, with Buddhist influence. It’s relatively little visited, the steeply forested landscape has kept it relatively isolated and most people still wear traditional costume, particularly the  characteristic green and grey felted pillbox hat.

The Spiti and Kinnaur valleys are connected by a road which is often washed away. Shepherds, and villagers who expect the road to be avalanched, prefer to use one of several 5000 metre passes including the Bhabha La, which crosses from southern Spiti into Kinnaur.
To get to Spiti you have to go to Manali then north east over two 5000m passes, the Rohtung La and the Kunzum La, which are only open during the summer. The approach to Kinnaur is to drive east from Shimla. 

We took the train from Delhi to Kalka via Chandigarh and then the toy train to Shimla. We drove to Manali then over the passes to Kaza, the capital of Spiti. We spent several days walking in Spiti then trekked from Mud over the Bhabha La to Kinnaur. After a few days in Kinnaur, including the Chitkul valley, we drove back to Shimla and then back to Delhi. The round trip took 3 weeks with 6 days on trek.

PHOTOS     DIARY     Delhi to Simla                                
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PHOTOS     DIARY     Kunzum La to Kibber                    
PHOTOS     DIARY     Kibber, Ki, Kaza                            
PHOTOS     DIARY     Langtza, Hikkim, Comic                
PHOTOS     DIARY     Tabo                                             
PHOTOS     DIARY     Dhankar                                        
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PHOTOS     DIARY     Kaza, Mud                                    
PHOTOS     DIARY     Mud to Paldar trek                        
PHOTOS     DIARY     Paldar to base camp trek             
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PHOTOS     DIARY     Fushtiaring to Mulling trek            
PHOTOS     DIARY     Mulling to Katgoan trek. Kalpa     

PHOTOS     DIARY     Kalpa, Rekong Peo, Panji            
PHOTOS     DIARY     Kalpa, Roghi, Sangla                  
PHOTOS     DIARY     Sangla, Kamroo                           
PHOTOS     DIARY     Baspa Valley, Chitkul                   
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PHOTOS     DIARY     Sarahan, Rangoori                       
PHOTOS     DIARY     Shimla                                          
PHOTOS     DIARY     Shimla  Day 2                              
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